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THE MONO- s/t 7"EP (Monokel Records, Switzerland, 1981)

Mono_backMono_frontMono_insideAnother rather unknown and obscured band from Zurich was THE MONO who released this great 7″ and a year later a full length LP “Sisch doch nur äs Märli”. Until a few years ago, you could find the LP quite easily so I never cared to buy it – until I realised that it wasn’t seeen no longer. Too bad, would love to hear it! The 7″ seems a bit tougher to come by and features three songs of which two are essential for an example of existentialist Punk (now that was aliteration!). I don’t know, maybe it’s not that spectacular musically but of course music is always more than what meets the ear. “Bahnhof” and “Schtop”, both sung in swiss german with a heavy zurich accent, are hard hitting, depressive numbers which always drag me down. “Life” is a bit daft with it’s cliched lyrics and the english vocals.
There was this guy I knew (he suddenly turned away from me for reasons I still don’t understand) who used to tell me how he spent many nights in the so called “Shopville”, a subterrestrial shopping passage underneath zurich main station, when he missed the last train back home. The cops wouldn’t let you sleep there, it was the time of the 80s riots and Zurich was one helluva depressive place to go. As it happens, his memories amalgamated with mine of when I was a pubertal little freak trying to find his way back to the train station after Motörhead, Iron Maiden or AC/DC gigs and usually ended up at the very same Shopville place, frightened of the junkies, the coppers, the punks and whatever was lurking around in the bellies of bank-city. the song “Bahnhof” (“Train station”) expresses this very accurately.
THE MONO don’t seem to have beeen part of “the scene”. There’s little you’ll find about them iin fanzines and they didn’t get much recognition, as it would seem to me. That’s what makes them even dearer to behold. Enjoy!

This is a part of the inside of the foldout picture sleeve.

Bahnhof.mp3
Schtop.mp3
Life.mp3

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I can’t say that I find this band extremely great. But let me say that your blog is really really special and currently the only one I regularly visit. The music and how you write about it makes this highly enjoyable. Keep it going!

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    Posted on 24-Oct-06 at 02:29 | Permalink
  2. Peter - KBDRecords

    Bahnhof is bad(read sucks hard). Schtop is fantastic!!! And what about Life? Yeah life in general sucks. But this song called Life by Mono is quiet good. Now I have to stop typing cause the ink is running out on my computer.

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    Posted on 24-Oct-06 at 12:36 | Permalink
  3. Bon Tempi

    Alles auf dieser Ep hier, ausser der Musik natürlich, ist wirklich schützenswert, besonders die (an Crass erinnernde) simple Covergestaltung ist superb. Und Du hast die einzigartige Depro-Stimmung im Shopville von anno dazumal (ist es denn heute so anders?) sehr gut eingefangen, mercivielmals (auch für den Link…)

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    Posted on 25-Oct-06 at 01:18 | Permalink
  4. Erich

    Bitte bitte. Mich bedrückt der (die das) Shopville heutzutage nicht mehr so – vielmehr krieg ich sensorische Störungen da unten. Der Krach, die Hektik. Und dann würd ich immer so gerne in die Buchhandlung da und mir Bücher kaufen, denn mit dem proletarischen einkaufen ist das so ne sache, wenn man alt wird.

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    Posted on 25-Oct-06 at 14:19 | Permalink
  5. Erich

    … und mit dem tippen, wenn man müde und angetrunken ist.

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    Posted on 25-Oct-06 at 14:21 | Permalink
  6. Anonymous

    …Sensationelles Cover – die Musik ist zwar gewöhnungsbedürftig, passt aber in die Zeit. Aber vor allem: Der Schlagzeuger ist erwähnenswert!

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    Posted on 03-Apr-07 at 12:41 | Permalink
  7. Anonymous

    einfach super

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    Posted on 06-Apr-07 at 05:54 | Permalink
  8. Die LP hab ich hier stehen, muss sie mal rippen und ich stell sie dann in meinem Blog, falls du Interesse hast.

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    Posted on 22-Jul-11 at 00:06 | Permalink
  9. Magambo

    Thank you for sharing your treasures. Been trying forever to find out who did the “Bahnhof”-Song. I’ve heard it numerous times on the Radio Lora Show (97, 5 FM in Zurich) of the guy mentioned in the description.
    He helped me find it on your blog.
    The show is called “Look back in Anger”. It airs each second Wendsday of the month. Old episodes can be downloaded here:
    http://www.lora.ch/sendungen/sendung-suchen?mode=3&terms=hauser&list=Experimental+Mix%3A+Look+Back+In+Anger

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    Posted on 09-Jan-13 at 11:09 | Permalink

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